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USSR / Armenia Earthquake / Rescue Effort #319279

CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 12, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Latest death toll figs. given in Armenia, USSR , earthquake. Reports introd.

(Moscow, USSR : Barry Petersen) Armenians shown mourning loss of family and friends; details given. [Ashad GRIGORIAN - (thru translator) comments on loss of daughter.] Cold temps. noted worsening plight of victims still trapped beneath rubble. Lack of equipment noted hindering rescue operation. Poor quality construction of bldgs. discussed; worker quoted. [Construction minister SPOKESPERSON - (thru translator) says those responsible for poor construction will be punished.] Officials reported appealing to Sovs.' sense of nationalism.

(Moscow, USSR : Anthony Mason) In USSR hospital, child "Madeleine," shown and discussed. [Child "AKAZI" - (thru translator) says he was in school when earthquake occurred.] [Dr. Helen SAMOCHATOVA - comments on boy who can't remember who his family is.] Doctors quoted with regard to shortage of medical supplies.

Mason, Anthony;
Petersen, Barry;
Rather, Dan

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